Articles by Sean O'Connor
A gluttonous consumer of culture and an editor for PS3 Attitude. When I'm not getting overly excited about my gaming destiny, I tend to be playing guitar, reading a book, following football or watching a film. www.twitter.com/sean_o_c
Codemasters have released a new gameplay trailer for international Cricket 2010 as they attempt to build up suspense for the game’s release on the 18th June.
According to Develop, UK-based developer Rebellion has failed to pay wages and redundancy payments to employees of its Derby branch amidst speculation that the studio is about to file for bankruptcy.
Satoru Iwata, the Nintendo president, has allegedly been telling his senior executives that the battle against Sony has been won, and that they should focus their attention on the threat that’s being posed from Apple with theiriPad and iPhone. That’s very complacent, don’t you think?
GameTrailers have uploaded the debut trailer for Ninja Theory’s new action-adventure, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. The clip is mostly a montage of action packed events, but it also gives us a feel for the potentialgameplay dynamics between Trip and Monkey.
When Bungie recently announced that they were going multi-format by signing with Activision, it was music to the ears for us PS3 owners. The last time we got excited like that was when BioWare signed with EA.
Irish PS3 owners will soon be able to download FirstPlay with episodes getting a release from 19th May onwards. FirstPlay is Europe’s answer to Qore and the first HD interactive show for gamers in the EU territory. It was released back in March but users from the Emerald Isles have been missing out.
Capcom’s financial results for the year ended 31 March don’t make pleasant reading; the company have reported a 73% fall in profits to £494.4m as annual sales dropped by 27% to 16m.
The company blame the “sluggish” sales on the delays for Super Street Fighter IV, Lost Planet 2 and the oversees release of Monster HunterTri which all slipped into the next fiscal year.
Bethesda have released new screenshots to wet our appetites for Brink – the dynamic FPS which is being developed by Splash Damage, the studio behind Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars. The PS3 has an abundance of FPS games, but we think Brink has the potential to stand out from the crowd thanks to several inspired decisions that have been taken by the London-based studio.
What would you consider to be a highlight in your gaming month? Would it be that sequel to your favourite triple-A game or some surprise new IP that’s redefining its genre? If so, April wasn’t good for you.
The latest in a series of developer diaries for upcoming PS Move titles has been posted on the US PlayStation Blog. This one features the team from Supermassive Games talking about Move Party.
The UK’s position as a world-leading developer of video games is under threat. For years it has been the third largest employer of development staff in the world, with the USA and Japan in first and second position, but recent times have seen the UK overtaken by the Canadian games industry.
SOE has disclosed to Kotaku, that a demo for the PS3 version of Free Realms is to be shown at E3. It was expected that the free, family-friendly MMO, would have arrived on the PS3 long before now but nothing has ever materialised. Is the demo a sign that it’s almost ready?
Bungie has never made a game for the PS3, that notoriously difficult platform to develop for (or so we’re told). Can they cope? Of course they can. With “some of the best engineering folks in the industry on board”, community manager Brian Jarrard believes the developers are well equipped to tame the beast.
It’s been revealed that the behind the scenes commentary for the Monkey Island 2 Special Edition will feature designers Ron Gilbert, Dave Grossman and Tim Schafer, and to wet our appetites for the ultimate pirate game being (re)released this summer (is it the only one?), LucasArts have unveiled a teaser trailer of the three of them chatting away. Arrr!
Prince of Persia: The Forgotton Sands will be hitting stores in May and – as is now customary – there will be a collector’s edition available for you to buy. We normally scoff at collector’s editions because they usually amount to you paying considerably more for a cheap toy and a case that doesn’t fit into your racking. But Prince of Persia’s collector’s edition may well be worth the money. Read on to find out why…
Japanese gaming website Pocketnews has reported that the PS3 has received a minor hardware alteration. The changes include a new version of the RSX graphics chip that uses 15% less power. With the cost of electricity these days, this is pleasing news. Plus, it should help cut down on that dreaded ‘yellow light of death’ which causes your PS3 to overheat and die.
Paul W.S. Anderson, the Hollywood director best known for the atrocious Resident Evil film adaptations (among others), is planning to develop games in the future. After 15 years talking to developers, Anderson feels he has a “very good appreciation” for what makes a good game.
His first game? That would be Buck Rogers.
Charles Cecil, the MD of Revolution Software (the UK developer behind Broken Sword and Beneath a Steel Sky), has been speaking about downloadable platforms such as the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. He loves them, but the reason why you haven’t seen anything so far is because “you do need to go hi-res” on those platforms.
Lisa Morgan has stepped down from her position as CEO at GAME. Her announcement came shortly after announcing a 28% fall in profits over the past year. Morgan had been with the company since 1996 and became CEO in 2006. Chris Bell, a former Ladbrokes CEO, will be taking the job on a temporary basis.